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Speech to Print Mapping
with Ortho-Graphix

Start by learning the Speech Sound Monster Sounds!

We also call these our Phonemies:-)
(Foe-nee-mees)  

The Monster Screen is in the
Spelling Piano app

Example Speech to Print Activity: Duck Hands, Lines and Numbers - Choose the Monsters
(Phonemies)

I show you how to do this in Workshop 2! Held on the 2nd Sunday of every month at The Centre (ask about remote login / Live Steaming options) 

Ortho-Graphix tech is designed to make the correspondences between spoken and written English easier for neurodiverse learners to understand.

Ortho-Graphix technology is meticulously crafted to simplify the correspondence between spoken and written English, particularly for neurodiverse learners.
 

Autistic and dyslexic learners, in particular, respond positively to the OrthoGraphix 'Speech to Print' technology and tools.

 

The prefix "Ortho-" from Greek, meaning "straight," "upright," "right," or "correct," signifies our commitment to presenting information directly and accurately in the context of Ortho-Graphix. Meanwhile, "Graphix" refers to graphics or visual designs, encompassing various artistic elements aimed at effectively communicating and conveying messages in a visually engaging manner.

Our approach involves designing tools that facilitate the transition from speech to print (phonemes to graphemes) and vice versa (graphemes to phonemes), thereby promoting literacy. For universal consistency, Ortho-Graphix aligns with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), offering a Universal Spelling Code. This alignment is underscored by Stanislas Dehaene in his seminal work, "Reading in the Brain," advocating for a systematic and accessible approach to literacy for individuals across the spectrum of neurodiversity.

While many children do manage to learn to read—sometimes despite the way they're taught—a significant number still struggle. In the UK, 1 in 4 children cannot read at the minimum expected levels by the time they start secondary school.

Ortho-Graphix stands out as a particularly effective tool for dyslexic learners. It tackles phonemic awareness deficits head-on, helping to overcome these challenges. Moreover, the introduction of speech sound monsters, known as "Phonemies" (pronounced "foe-nee-mees"), plays a crucial role in reducing cognitive load. This approach is equally beneficial for children learning English as an additional language, as Phonemies vividly demonstrate the sound value, enabling learners to both see and hear the speech sounds clearly.

It’s also worth highlighting that children who often learn to read quite rapidly include autistic 3 and 4-year-olds. The "1,2,3 and Away" workshops are specifically designed to foster an environment conducive to early reading. By participating in these workshops, parents and educators can learn how to create settings that not only encourage reading from an early age but also cater to the unique learning preferences of these young learners. This proactive approach is key to bypassing teaching methods that may not effectively engage them or meet their individual needs. Being engaged and eager to learn is crucial. Attendees will quickly understand why, with OrthoGraphix, many children are able to teach themselves to read, setting them on a path of confident and enthusiastic learning.

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